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spd carmen bestThe Seattle City Council voted 7 to 1 to defund/downsize the Seattle Police Department. What will this cost the City of Seattle? Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has resigned and '100' of Seattle's newly hired police force will be let go to be replace by a re-imagined justice system for the City of Seattle.

Host Kris Halterman interview's Bellingham's Chief of Police, David Doll and City Councilman Gene Knutson to discuss what happened in Seattle, how it could/has affected the City of Bellingham, and the reality that there are splinter groups in Bellingham asking for the same to happen in our City.

The Seattle City Council voted 7 to 1 to defund/downsize the Seattle Police Department. What will this cost the City of Seattle? One-hundred of their newly hired police force will be let go to be replace by a re-imagined justice system for the City of Seattle.
Host Kris Halterman interview's Bellingham's Chief of Police, David Doll and City Councilman Gene Knutson to discuss what happened in Seattle, how it could/has affected the City of Bellingham, and the reality that there are splinter groups in Bellingham asking for the same to happen in our City.

 "Best announced Tuesday that she was retiring because she could not in good conscience implement the City Council’s decision to downsize the 1,400-person force by as many as 100 officers. Under police labor contracts, the officers hired most recently are generally first in line to be laid off. The 55-year-old chief said at a news conference that it felt “very duplicitous” for the city to hire “the best and the brightest and the most diverse” only to quickly let them go. A 28-year veteran of the force, Best went on to describe an email she received Monday from one of those recent hires, a Black man who wrote that he was “ecstatic” to be joining the department under her command. “He is one of the people that will probably not keep a job here,” Best said. “And that, for me, I’m done. I can’t do it.”

 She added: “The idea that we’ve worked so incredibly hard to make sure our department was diverse, that (it) reflects the community that we serve, to just turn that all on a dime and hack it off, without having a plan in place to move forward, is highly distressful for me.” ...They said any layoffs would disproportionately target newer officers, often hired from Black and Brown communities, and would inevitably lead to lawsuits.


 

Arguing that the Seattle Police Department “perpetuates racism and violence” and upholds “white supremacy culture,” the Seattle City Council moved to redirect cash to a non-profit, civilian-led “Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention” — and offered a “blueprint” on how to defund the police, according to the resolution.

Under the bill, cops would be replaced by “community-led activities” and organizations focused on “housing, food security, and other basic needs” along with “culturally-relevant expertise rooted in community connections,” according to documents posted by Christopher Rufo, Director of Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty.

To gain police department funding, groups must show they are “well-versed in de-escalation skills” along with “trauma-informed, gender-affirming, anti-racist praxis” and are “committed to hiring staff from the communities they serve,” according to the proposal.

The council endorses the “Decriminalize Seattle” agenda that would replace the police force with:
–”Culturally-relevant expertise rooted in community connections”
–”Housing, food security, and other basic needs”
–”Trauma-informed, gender-affirming, anti-racist praxis”

And finally, the plan demands that the City conduct an “immediate transfer of underutilized public land for (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color ) BIPOC community ownership”—in essence, the redistribution of land, which is a hallmark of Marxist regimes.